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HiSET: Writing Conventions - Chapter Summary
Find out about common writing conventions that can improve the clarity and impact of your written message. Short video lessons help you study for the Language Arts - Writing questions on common writing conventions in a way that is both fun and effective. Lessons in this chapter include:
- Word relationships
- Selecting the right words
- Commonly confused words
- Constructing meaning
- Tone and voice
- Connecting with your audience
The lessons in this chapter review writing conventions in the English language and give you practice questions and quizzes to test your comprehension of the subject matter. Every element is broken down into easy-to-digest video lessons to ensure you understand every aspect of the conventions of writing.
HiSET: Writing Conventions Chapter Objectives
The HiSET is a high school equivalency credentialing exam that is used to demonstrate your mastery of high school level work. The Language Arts - Writing portion of the test consists of two parts: a multiple-choice test and an essay. Our lessons on writing conventions address the topics you will be tested on in the actual HiSET exam.
The multiple-choice portion of the Language Arts - Writing exam consists has 50 questions that measure your ability to edit and revise written text; 34% of these questions are related to writing conventions. The second part, an essay prompt, measures your ability to generate and organize your ideas in writing. The essay is graded on idea development, organization, language facility and writing conventions.
1. Understanding Words By Their Relationships
Many words in the English language have multiple meanings. To really understand a word, we have to understand the relationship between particular words. In this lesson, we will examine this through connotations, denotations, synonyms, and analogies.
2. Selecting the Best Words for Your Message
Workplace communication depends upon delivering messages effectively through the use of professional writing. It is critical to understand how to select the best words for your message.
3. Commonly Confused Words in English
Is it 'accept' or 'except?' 'Affect' or 'effect?' How do you know when to use 'there,' 'their,' or 'they're?' Watch this video lesson to learn about some confusing words in English and how to properly use each one.
4. Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure
In this lesson, you will learn how readers use prior knowledge, context clues and word structure to aid their understanding of what they read. Explore these strategies through examples from literature and everyday life.
5. Understanding the Tone and Voice of Your Message
Understanding the tone and voice of your message is critical to the overall presentation of your written communication. In business, the overall tone should be professional and courteous regardless of whether the message is positive or negative.
6. Connecting With Your Audience Through Writing
Connecting with your audience through writing is a necessity in the work place in order to garner the needed response. Investigating the audience's background and enabling certain steps will position your message to deliver the greatest impact.
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